Armos

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Armos, or Armos Statue, is a recurring enemy in The Legend of Zelda series. They have appeared in every game in the series except The Adventure of Link and Four Swords.

Appearances

The Legend of Zelda

These statues, found throughout the entire Overworld of Hyrule, are immobile and harmless at first. But when Link makes contact with them, they come to life and start moving around at one of two speeds. If Link touches one from the front, he will immediately take half a heart of damage. They take 3 hits from the Wooden Sword, 2 hits from the White Sword, or 1 hit from the Magical Sword to be defeated. One Bomb will also destroy them, and they are also affected by the Arrows, Candle, and Magical Rod.

Link can often find secrets such as stairs and items beneath these statues. These can only be accessed by touching the Armos so it moves away from the spot it is guarding. Some Armos guard Item Shops, while one guards the Power Bracelet.

A Link to The Past

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Armos are statue enemies that reside in the ruins outside of the Eastern Palace. They look like normal statues, until you come up to them and touch them. They will hop around the screen and attempt to chase after you. A good few hits from the sword should take care of them, but it's still best to remain cautious with them. These enemies are similar to the six Armos Knights that Link will fight in the Eastern Palace.

Link's Awakening

If you touch them they will randomly move around the room. If they touch you you lose two hearts. They can be found in the overworld. Two ways to kill them (because the sword does no damage) is to attack them with a Bomb or shoot them with your Hookshot and place a bomb nearby.

Ocarina of Time

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Armos
Stop its movement and then
destroy it!

They are found in the Dodongo's Cavern and the Spirit Temple. These Armos sit completely still until you touch them. They go nuts and start chasing you. If you don't kill them fast enough, then they will return to their original position and go back to sleep. To kill them, you must blow up a bomb behind it, use Deku Nuts, or use the Megaton Hammer. When it dies, it goes completely nuts for a few moments before they blow up. They have two attacks; contact takes away half a heart and the explosion takes away half a heart as well.

Majora's Mask

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You know about the Armos, right?
Shhhh! Don't touch it! Blow it up
before it wakes, please!

They can only be found in the Stone Tower Temple. They also come to life when you touch them. They will go after you before returning to their original position. To kill them, you can either use a bomb or a fire punch. When they are dying they will spin around towards you and explode. To make sure that you don't take any damage, either avoid them when they are like this or give damage to them again.

Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages

Like other games, they come to life by touch, but one difference is that there are two types of them: red and blue. The red ones only come to life when you activate a switch. They then move around the room. The three ways to kill them are to place a bomb next to them (which can be difficult), hit them with your magic boomerang twice, or simply hit them with the Biggoron's Sword, which can only be found with a secret. The blue ones can be harder to beat because they move really fast and also because they activate whenever you walk past them. To kill them, you must either slash them with your sword thrice or by blowing up bombs nearby twice. Both of them can take a single heart away if they touch you.

The Wind Waker

In this game, they work mostly the same way as usual. Instead of bombs, its weakness is a crystal on its back. It can be easier to attack this weak point once it is stunned in the eye by an arrow. When they are defeated, they jump around like crazy with no direction as a last resort before exploding.

The Minish Cap

Armos in this game are built by the Minish for the Wind Tribe a long ago, and can be found in the Wind Ruins. Like other games, they remain completely still until you touch them. You can either deactivate or activate them while you are in Minish form. This is done by climbing up the steps on the front of the Armos, where there will be a special switch. When deactivated, they will not move at all. To kill them, you must activate them and then slash at them with your sword while you are in human form.

According to Swordsman Newsletter issue 8, the Armos were the creation of the Minish.[citation needed]

Armos
Armos Figurine.gif Appears in the Wind Ruins. Built by the Minish for the Wind Tribe long ago. They look like stone statues, but if you get too close, they move!

Twilight Princess

Like Armos usually do, the Armos in Twilight Princess sit completely still until Link approaches them. The crystal on their back is their only weak point. Link can use the Back Slice or smash them with the Ancient Statue's hammer while one is controlled with the Dominion Rod. Three shots to the back from a Clawshot will also take one down. When they die, they will jump around smashing their hammer in every direction before exploding like a bomb. They are found in the Temple of Time and the Cave of Ordeals. Its only attack is the hammer which takes away half a heart.

Phantom Hourglass

These ones will slowly hop towards you. All you have to do is toss a bomb at it and it will simply deactivate, allowing you to push the body onto a switch. Their only atttack is contact, which takes away half a heart.

Spirit Tracks

Armos only appear as a helpful ride for Miniblins in the Tower of Spirits in this game. The actual Armos may be invincible, but it disappears once its master Miniblin is defated. Because of its high perch, this lucky type of Miniblin can only be fought when Link is being carried by Zelda while she is in control of a Phantom.

Skyward Sword

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Target lock: Armos

This security and defense mechanism
was developed long ago. It will attack
anything that enters its security
perimeter.
According to my records, its weak
point is its mouth, but it requires some
specific measure to make it open
its mouth.

Armos can be found within the Lanayru Mining Facility and Pirate Stronghold. Link can use the Gust Bellows to spin the magnet things on their heads, temporarily stunning them and leaving them vulnerable to attack from your sword.

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